Get your culture on this weekend, with an extravaganza of art-in-progress at the Chashama open studios at Brooklyn Army Terminal. This two-day visual art event features more than 85 painters, sculptors, and photographers showing off their spaces (including artist Noah Xifr, pictured), so get inspired, gawk at their work, and nosh on some cheese and wine. The show continues on Saturday, noon–5 pm.
6–9 pm at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Buildings A and B (140 58th St. between First and Second avenues in Sunset Park, www.chash
Spice it up
Looking for some hot stuff? Get a taste of heat at the annual Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where spice-loving gourmands can sample salsas, hot sauces, and pickled peppers while they listen to red-hot bands, check out art inspired by the fiery vegetable, and revel in spicy sweets from a dozen local chocolatiers.
11 am–6 pm in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden [1000 Washington Ave. between President and Carroll streets in Prospect Heights, (718) 623–7200, www.bbg.org]. $20 ($15 seniors and students, kids free).
If you visit any street festival this year, it should be the borough’s biggest! The mile-long Atlantic Antic celebration features more than 100 local businesses alongside the tube-sock vendors and souvlaki sellers, along with 16 live stages for music and dance shows, including local band with an excellent name the Windsor Terrors, who will be playing in front of Chip Shop all day.
Noon–6 pm on Atlantic Avenue (between Fourth Avenue and Hicks Street in Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill, www.atlan
Everyone is excited about Brooklyn-native Bernie Sanders and his socialist agenda, but we maybe we should hang on to our current economic system a little longer. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich makes the case for improving what we have in his new book “Saving Capitalism,” which he will discuss tonight. Show up at 5:30 pm for a screening of Reich’s documentary “Inequality for All.”
8 pm at Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center [10 Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights, (718) 230–2100, www.bklyn
Get a fear-ful
What really scares you? Dying alone? Bears? The faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home? Learn some coping strategies at the “What Are You Afraid Of?” comedic storytelling show, hosted by writer, voice actor, and former child star Mara Wilson. Three guest speakers and some visual aids will enhance the evening of anxiety tales.
8 pm at Over the Eight (594 Union Ave. at Richardson Street in Williamsburg, www.overt